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2008 Football League Cup Final

2008 Football League Cup Final
Event 2007–08 Football League Cup
After extra time
Date 24 February 2008
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham)[1]
Referee Mark Halsey (Lancashire)[2]
Attendance 87,660[3]
Weather Partly cloudy
13 °C (55 °F)[4]

The 2008 Football League Cup Final was a football match played on 24 February 2008.[5] It was the first League Cup Final to be played at the new Wembley Stadium, and the first to be played in England since the old Wembley was demolished in 2000. The defending champions were Chelsea, who beat Arsenal in the 2007 Final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.[6] The final was contested by Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Arsenal 6–2 on aggregate in the semi-final,[7] and Chelsea, who beat Everton 3–1 on aggregate.[8] Tottenham Hotspur defeated Chelsea 2–1, after extra time, winning their first trophy for 9 years.

Chelsea took the lead in the 37th minute through a Didier Drogba free kick. This goal made Drogba the first player to score in three League Cup Finals, having also done so in 2005 and 2007. A Wayne Bridge handball gave Tottenham a 68th-minute penalty, and Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov converted from the spot. Three minutes into extra time, Jonathan Woodgate headed a Jermaine Jenas free kick onto Petr Čech, who in turn pushed it straight back onto Woodgate's head to score the winning goal.

The win was an important one for Tottenham as they secured UEFA Cup qualification for the following season, something they would not have achieved in the Premier League, as they finished 11th. For Chelsea, it was the second of four competitions in which they would finish as runners-up that season, after they lost to Manchester United in the Community Shield and ended up finishing as runners-up to the same team in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.


  • Road to Wembley 1
  • Match 2
    • Details 2.1
    • Statistics 2.2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4

Road to Wembley



24 February 2008
15:00 GMT
Chelsea 1–2 (a.e.t.) Tottenham Hotspur
Drogba Goal 39' Report Berbatov Goal 70' (pen.)
Woodgate Goal 94'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 87,660[3]
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)[2]
Tottenham Hotspur
GK 1 Petr Čech Booked 120+4'
RB 35 Juliano Belletti
CB 26 John Terry (c)
CB 6 Ricardo Carvalho Booked 104'
LB 18 Wayne Bridge
DM 12 John Obi Mikel Booked 96' Substituted off 98'
CM 8 Frank Lampard
CM 5 Michael Essien Substituted off 88'
RW 24 Shaun Wright-Phillips Substituted off 72'
LW 39 Nicolas Anelka
CF 11 Didier Drogba
GK 23 Carlo Cudicini
DF 33 Alex
MF 10 Joe Cole Substituted in 98'
MF 13 Michael Ballack Substituted in 88'
FW 21 Salomon Kalou Substituted in 72'
Avram Grant
GK 1 Paul Robinson
RB 28 Alan Hutton
CB 39 Jonathan Woodgate
CB 26 Ledley King (c)
LB 2 Pascal Chimbonda Substituted off 61'
RM 25 Aaron Lennon Booked 120+1'
CM 8 Jermaine Jenas Booked 120+3'
CM 4 Didier Zokora Booked 38'
LM 15 Steed Malbranque Substituted off 75'
CF 10 Robbie Keane Substituted off 102'
CF 9 Dimitar Berbatov
GK 12 Radek Černý
DF 5 Younès Kaboul Substituted in 102'
MF 6 Teemu Tainio Booked 116' Substituted in 75'
MF 22 Tom Huddlestone Substituted in 61'
FW 23 Darren Bent
Juande Ramos

Assistant referees:
Andrew Garratt (West Midlands)[2]
Martin Yerby (Kent)[2]
Fourth official:
Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)[2]
Reserve assistant referee:
David Bryan (Lincolnshire)[2]

Man of the match
Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham Hotspur)[1]

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


The Tottenham players celebrate after having won their first trophy in nine years.
Chelsea Tottenham
Total shots 17 14
Shots on target 11 7
Ball possession 52% 48%
Corner kicks 10 5
Fouls committed 17 20
Offsides 3 2
Yellow cards 2 4
Red cards 0 0

Source: ESPN[10]


  • Didier Drogba's goal made him the all-time leading scorer in League Cup Finals with four. He also became the first player to score in three League Cup finals and the first to score in three consecutive English domestic cup finals.


  1. ^ a b "Alan Hardaker Trophy Winners". The Football League. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Carling Cup officials announced". ( 
  3. ^ a b Stevenson, Jonathan (24 February 2008). "Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "League Cup Fixtures".  
  6. ^ "Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal".  
  7. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (22 January 2008). "Tottenham 5–1 Arsenal".  
  8. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (23 January 2008). "Everton 0–1 Chelsea".  
  9. ^ a b Clubs in the Premier League receive a bye to the second or third round
  10. ^ "Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea: Woody nods winner". ESPNsoccernet (ESPN Inc.). 24 February 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
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